Game Morocco vs Iran Date Friday, June 15 Time 4pm BST / 11am US ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial Confirmed line-upsMorocco have some familiar names in the starting XI with Mehdi Benatia being the standout name. Hakim Ziyech has also been a star for Ajax this season.Confirmed Morocco XI: El Kajoui; Hakimi, Benatia, Saiss; El Ahmadi; Ziyech, Boussoufa, Belhanda, N Amrabat, Harit; El-KaabiSubs: Bono, Mendyl, da Costa, Fajr, Boutaïb, Aït Bennasser, Dirar, En-Nesyri, Bouhaddouz, S Amrabat, Tagnaouti, Carcela-GonzálezAlizera Jahanbakhsh is the one to look out for in the Iran XI, the winger scored 21 goals in the Eredivisie this campaign.Confirmed Iran XI: Beiranvand; Cheshmi, Pouralganji, Rezaeian, Hajisafi; Shojaei; Ebrahimi, Ansarifard, Jahanbakhsh; AzmounSubs: Torabi, Mohammadi, Mazaheri, Khanzadeh, Ghoddos, Montazeri, Ghoochannejhad, Taremi, Hosseini, Dejagah, AbedzadehTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on ITV or streamed live online using ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV ITV Player Morocco v Iran Morocco vs Iran: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Morocco v Iran World Cup Friendlies Morocco Iran Powerade Morocco and Iran open their World Cup campaign at the Krestovsky Stadium in the first game of Group B FULL TIME: Iran secure their first World Cup win since 1998 with a late own goal. You have to feel for Bouhaddouz but Iran have given themselves a real chance ahead of games against Portugal and Spain.90+5 Mins: GOAL! IRAN LEAD 1-0! It’s a horrific own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz as he goes to head Ehsan Haji Safi’s free-kick wide at the near post, only to steer it into his own net! Disaster for Morocco and jubilation for Iran as their players tear away in celebration and form a pile near the corner post. Iran are ahead with a minute left.90+5 Mins: GOAL! 0-1 Own goal Aziz Bouhaddouz Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move 90+2 Mins: Now Iran win themselves a free-kick out on the left wing, in line with the Moroccan box. This could be one last chance here…90+2 Mins: There’s a fracas on the pitch between Bouhaddouz and Amiri after Morocco win a free-kick. Ansarifard is the man who gets the booking for the tackle, and it takes a moment for referee Cakir to defuse it all.90 Mins: There will be an impressive six added minutes of time at the Krestovsky Stadium.87 Mins: Ziyech cuts back on himself out on the right wing and flicks a cross into the Iran box; Pouraliganji intercepts and sparks a counter-attack to halfway before Morocco can peel back to halt him in his tracks. It’s been a much more drab second half, compared with the zing of the opening 45 minutes, but there’s still time for a winner in Saint Petersburg…85 Mins: Jahanbakhsh is stretchered off and Iran throw on Saman Ghoddos to replace him. Five minutes – plus injury time – left on the clock after a rather stop-start quarter of an hour.83 Mins: More injuries now and it’s not good news for Iran; star man Jahanbakhsh is down and the stretcher is on. It doesn’t look too serious, but precautions are always a good idea in situations like these.82 Mins: Manuel da Costa is the final change for Morocco; he comes on for Amine Harit.80 Mins: Ziyech! The second shot of the half goes to Morocco as the midfielder hooks a left-footed effort from just outside the box wide by a foot or so at the bottom-left corner.80 Mins: Ebrahimi hobbles off down the tunnel, clutching his midriff; Majid Hosseini is on in his stead for Iran.78 Mins: There’s another pause for injury now, this time as Ebrahimi goes to ground. The Iranian doesn’t look in the greatest shape; signals from the medics suggest a change will be required.76 Mins: A bad fall means that Nordin Amrabat has to make way for his brother Sofyan Amrabat. Just over 15 minutes to go. El Kaabi also departs for Morocco; Aziz Bouhaddouz is the man to replace him73 Mins: Amrabat falls heavily out on the right wing in the Iranian half as he challenges for a ball and physios swarm him within seconds. The Watford man looks to have been knocked out upon landing – he staggers to his feet after a moment, looking dazed and confused.STAT: There has only been one shot at all in this half so far, way back in the 49th minute when Harit put that Amrabat cross wide. Iran are growing in confidence once more but neither look likely to snatch a winner right now.70 Mins: Iran win a corner but are unable to make the set-piece stick; Morocco can only bring it away from their own goal by 30 yards though before Azmoun takes possession.69 Mins: Ansarifard takes the free-kick and puts it long; too long, in fact, as it flies out a good few yards wide of the right post without touching the turf.Iranian captain Shojaei is off for Mehdi Taremi; perhaps a wise call given that the captain is already on a booking and has been spoken to by the referee once this half.68 Mins: Substitution Masoud Shojaei Soleimani off for Mehdi Taremi65 Mins: Boussoufa floats a cross from the left wing in looking for El Kaabi or Belhanda in the box; his effort is too long for all parties within the penalty area though and flies out for a goal-kick.64 Mins: Ziyech harks down the right wing, but can’t keep the ball away from Haji Safi as he puts his own dribble just out of reach; he concedes a foul a moment later and Iran have a free-kick on the edge of their own box.62 Mins: Morocco win a corner which Harit swings in from the right; Beiranvand punches it clear and Iran create a counter-attack that ends with Belhanda cutting across Shojaei just beyond halfway. The two players get into a little tete-a-tete with each other; no cards are shown but the referee has words with both.59 Mins: El Ahmadi slides in under Jahanbakhsh on halfway and hooks the ball away, though in the process, he brings both him and his opponent to the turf.57 Mins: Play is resumed with Ebrahimi able to continue and Amiri wins a throw-in deep in his own half a moment later to help take the pressue off Iran’s defensive line55 Mins: Ebrahimi makes a somewhat bonkers leaping challenge to sweep the ball out from under the feet of Boussoufa as the latter cuts a path towards the Iranian box; in the process, he injures himself and play is paused for treatment.53 Mins: Belhanda executs a slide tackle on Jahanbakhsh now, just inside the opposition half, and tries to keep it from rolling over the touchline; he fails and Iran get a throw-in.51 Mins: Hakimi leans into Jahanbakhsh from behind to give the latter a free-kick 40 yards out on the right wing; the latter blasts it beyond the box as he looks to deliver it to Azmoun at the far post.49 Mins: Amrabat hurtles down the right wing for Morocco and flicks a square cross in to the left side for Harit; his teammate can’t keep his shot down though and volleys it well wide and over the goal under little pressure.47 Mins: Yellow card: Jahanbakhsh becomes the second Iranian to go in the book as he is given a yellow card for a tackle on Ziyech that leaves the Moroccan man on the ground clutching his foot.46 Mins: We’re back underway at the Krestovsky Stadium, with Morocco earning themselves a free-kick inside their own half almost immediately after Boussoufa is sent sprawling by a clumsy challenge. Neither side has ever won a World Cup game where they have been drawing at the interval, yet with 18 shots between them, there is the sense that something has to give. Morocco have still dominated in terms of possession; but given Iran’s late surge in the final 10 minutes of the first half, will they be able to curb their opponent’s chances of making this match a more even affair?No goals in the first half means that it’s all square at the break between Morocco and Iran in Saint Petersburg. Herve Renard’s side started the stronger of the two, threatening to blow away their opponents with nine shots in the opening half-hour – but Carlos Queiroz’s men are unlucky not to be ahead after Moroccan keeper Manir Mohamedi made a fantastic save to deny Sardar Azmoun five minutes from time. It’s all still to play for in this vital Group B clash; half-time at Krestovsky Stadium, it’s Morocco 0-0 Iran.Half Time: It remains 0-0 in Saint Petersburg, Morocco have had the better of the first half but Iran have looked dangerous on the break.45 Mins: Haji Safi! The Iranian defender is tasked with a free-kick from 40 yards out in centre-field and he goes close; the ball brushes the top netting as it skims over the crossbar. Two added minutes are on the way.43 Mins: Save from Munir Mohamedi! Azmoun breezes through a loose Moroccan back four and comes up one-on-one with the keeper who gets a hand to his close-range shot 10 yards out; Jahanbakhsh wastes the follow-up and puts it wide off the outside of his boot.40 Mins: Pouraliganji wins a free-kick near the edge of his own box after El Kaabi clatters into him in midair leaping for a high ball.39 Mins: Ziyech floats an inch-perfect ball in from 30 yards out on the left wing that El Kaabi drifts a shade behind as he cuts into the Iran box; Beiranvand drops to scoop it to safety.37 Mins: Azmoun goes down in a tackle and stays on the turf, necessitating a pause in play for him to receive treatment.35 Mins: Over the crossbar! It’s an ambitious, if poor effort from Jahanbakhsh who gets the angle but not the descent with his strike, elevating it way out of reach for Mohamedi to be troubled.34 Mins: Yellow card Karim El Ahmadi. The former Aston Villa midfielder gets the second booking of the game as he nips at the heels of Azmoun some 35 yards away from the Moroccan goal; Iran get a free-kick as a result. Jahanbakhsh, kept quiet so far, will take…30 Mins: Harit cuts a path down the left channel with considerable ease, and nips into the Iran box before putting a low shot straight to Beiranvand. It is Morocco who are still in control of this game for the most part; they have registered eight shots to two from their opponents.26 Mins: Boussoufa feeds a deft ball down the right to Ziyech; the Ajax man can’t keep the ball away from Haji Safi though and in challenging for possession, concedes a foul to the Iranian defender near the opposition box.23 Mins: Iran appear to have lifted themselves into second gear; Cheshmi and Amiri combine around the edge of the Morocco box as they look to find a way through. Amrabat is able to pinch the ball after a moment and he hares off down the right wing, only to lose possession himself a moment later when he squares a ball straight to Ebrahimi on halfway.20 Mins: Now it’s Morocco who are forced to race back and defend after Shoejaei cuts around Benatia as the defender slips and breaks into the opposition box for Iran. His square pass inside to find Azmoun goes awry though; Saiss is able to clear away the danger19 Mins: How on earth did Iran keep that out? In the middle of a crowded box, Belhanda and Benatia both see strikes blocked by some frenzied defending to keep Morocco from finding the back of the net six yards out.18 Mins: Amiri brings down Belhanda as slides across the latter’s shins and Morocco have a free-kick 40 yards out16 Mins: Just over a quarter of an hour gone at the Krestovsky Stadium and it’s been all about Morocco so far. They have notched up three shots on goal in comparison to none for Iran – and have controlled a whopping 82 percent of possession so far as well.14 Mins: El Kaabit tumbles 35 yards out from the Iranian goal as he looks to take in a long ball from Boussoufa under pressure from Pouraliganji; the referee waves away any chance of a free-kick and Morocco’s attack peels back to halfway.12 Mins: Iran make a rare incursion into Moroccan territory and win themselves a throw-in 25 yards out on the left wing; from it, Amiri tips a looping pass into the box looking for Azmoun, but Mohamedi has no trouble leaping to safely claim it.10 Mins: Yellow card Masoud Shojaei Soleimani, Shojaei comes in with a rather late challenge in pursuit of Boussoufa just on halfway and the Iran midfielder has a yellow card brandished at him by Cakir.8 Mins: El Kabbi drives a half-volley from the centre of the box just wide to the left as he meets another lovely cross tipped in from the right by Amrabat again.Morocco are looking to defend a promising continental record today; African nations are unbeaten in five World Cup meetings against Asian opposition – three wins and two draws – since Japan beat Cameroon 1-0 in June 20105 Mins: Amrabat flicks a neat cross in for Belhanda from a tight angle on the right of the box; the midfielder’s header steers it just over the bar. All one-way traffic for Herve Renard’s side so far.4 Mins: Consecutive corners for Morocco now after Rezaeian blocks a run from Harit and Cheshmi puts out the second following a missed attempt to strike the ball from Ziyech on the edge of the box.2 Mins: First shot of the game goes to Morocco as Amine Harit squeezes a shot across the face of goal from the left edge of the Iranian box after he breaks through the midfield.1 Min: We’re underway in Saint Petersburg! Iran, in all white, win themselves an early free-kick inside their own half after Ziyech brings down Haji Safi chasing a ball from the start.Here we go….The national anthems have concluded and we’re moments away from kick-off. The referee today is Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey.We’re just minutes away from kick-off and the teams are preparing to take to the field at the Krestovsky Stadium ahead of the national anthems.5 Mins to KO: As for Morocco, they will be hoping that Hakim Ziyech can deliver the goods; their star attacker notched up 11 assists in qualifying, more than any other African player, and was awarded the Dutch Footballer of the Year Award for his performances with Ajax in during the 2017-18 campaign.Team news ahead of kick-off and Iran will be looking to their star winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh to help guide them to victory today. The 24-year-old, who plays for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie, finished last season as the division’s highest scorer with 21 goals, marking the first occasion that an Asian player has topped the scoring charts in an European league15 Mins to KO: Neither side offers a stellar record at the World Cup; between them, Morocco and Iran have managed three wins in 25 games across eight tournament appearances. Neither have ever won an opening game in the competition either; both have a chance to write a little bit of history on Krestovsky Island.Mirroring their opponents, Iran are making their fifth World Cup appearance and, for the first time ever, are featuring in consecutive tournaments, having competed at Brazil 2014. Manager Carlos Queiroz can go one better; he makes his third showing in a row, having guided Portugal to the knock-out stages, losing against Spain in 2010.20 Mins to KO: Morocco boss Herve Renard may be the only man to win the African Cup of Nations with two different teams – Zambia and Ivory Coast – but the Frenchman makes his bow as a World Cup manager today as his side appear at the World Cup for the first time in 20 years. The Atlas Lions have only made it past the group stage once, in Mexico 1986; could they spring a surprise progression this time around?Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia as Morocco and Iran meet in the opening game of Group B at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. The pair meet for only the second time in their history, and for the first time in the sport’s showpiece tournament – but in a group that includes much-fancied Portugal and Spain, can either of them boost their hopes of advancing to the knockout stages with a vital victory?
Posted on December 10, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia (CIESAS). MHTF is supporting their project, Evaluation of ALSO Program. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: CIESASIn the last 3 months, the CIESAS team made an important decision in the design of the ALSO evaluation. The evaluation site was changed from the General Hospital in the coastal city of Pochutla, Oaxaca to the much bigger Civil Hospital Dr. Aurelio Valdivieso in the capital city of Oaxaca. CIESAS made this decision because, unlike we were previously told, this latter hospital does meet basic methodological requirements to carry out the evaluation, and it also is the largest hospital with the greatest load of obstetric emergencies throughout the State of Oaxaca.CIESAS hired four field-workers, all of them recent graduates from medical school and trained them in the correct implementation of observation checklists and patients’ interviews, as well as in basic hospital research bioethics. All instruments were designed for this particular evaluation and were tested and reviewed before being fully implemented. Since the end of September, fieldworkers have been rotating during the night and the morning shifts in the ER and in the Ob/Gyn Unit of the Valdivieso Hospital, observing and registering the actual management of obstetric hemorrhage and preeclampsia/eclampsia, as well as observing and registering how Ob/Gyns manage normal hospital deliveries.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
On the eve of the X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships, Kos Sports X Blades, official partners of Touch Football Australia, have been recognised in the prestigious Australian Business Awards with the Award for Innovation.The team at Kos Sports X Blades have been recognised for their cutting edge technology and products for the sports footwear industry.X Blades are naming rights sponsor of the National Touch League Open and Seniors Tournament, as well as the National 18 Years Tournament, the showcase events on the Touch Football Australia National calendar.Kos Sports X Blades are the official shoe of Touch Football Australia and their new “Genius” range, available in October, will provide revolutionary lightweight mid-sole boots that fit well with comfort, support, flexibility, and durability for the Touch Football enthusiast of all levels of ability and experience.Representatives from Kos Sports X Blades will be in attendance throughout the National 18s Tournament and will have Kos Sports X Blades footwear and products available for sale and order at a designated merchandise area.From park Touch Football to the Elite level, Kos Sports X-Blades has the shoe to suit all standards and competitive interests.Touch Football Australia congratulate Kos Sports X Blades on their success in the Australian Business Awards and look forward to a long and healthy relationship with the market leaders.To read more about Kos Sports X Blades success at the Australian Business Awards please click on the below attachment.Related Filesx-blades_australian_business_awards_winner-pdf
In the 18’s Girls division, Penrith started strongly, taking the early lead, before Wagga hit back to trail by just one touchdown. But it was too little too late with Penrith taking the match 7-6. In the 18’s Boys division, Parramatta dominated for the majority of the game, and won convincingly, 7-2. Under 10’s Boys – McCall CupNewcastle City 7 defeated Parramatta 4Player of the Final – Kurt Donohue (Newcastle)Under 12’s Boys – Zabielo CupNewcastle 0 – Orange 0Newcastle and Orange are joint winners of the 12’s Boys division. Player of the Final – Matt Smith (Newcastle)Under 14’s Boys – Yiangou CupRyde Eastwood 5 defeated Penrith 2Under 16’s Boys – Wall CupPeninsula 11 defeated Wests 4Player of the Final – Ben NicholsUnder 18’s Boys – Galea CupParramatta 7 defeated Manly 2Player of the Final – Wesley Sefuiva (Parramatta)Under 18’s Girls – Rose CupPenrith 7 defeated Wagga Wagga 6Player of the Final – Madison Absolum (Wagga Wagga)Under 16’s Girls – Toohey CupNewcastle City 13 defeated Taren Point 4Player of the Final – Lily Goodchild (Newcastle)Under 14’s Girls – Taylor CupManly 11 defeated Newcastle 4Player of the Final – Georgia Toovey (Manly)Under 12’s Girls – Vassallo CupBerkeley Vale 5 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 2Player of the Final – Aliyah Paki (Manly)Under 10’s Girls – Tirado CupManly 13 defeated Ryde 0Player of the Final – Monique Mortimer (Manly)Club ChampionshipsFirst – Manly Sea Eagles Second – Newcastle CityThird – Parramatta Eels Fourth – Penrith PanthersFifth – Wagga WaggaStay tuned to the website for all highlights of the grand finals at the 2011 New South Wales Junior State Cup. For all of the results from the Junior State Cup, please visit the event website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=0-857-0-0-0
June 26 marks two years since Australia claimed the 2011 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup in Scotland, winning five of the seven divisions contested at the event. To commemorate this fantastic achievement, www.austouch.com.au caught up with some of the Australian representatives that competed in the event, to speak about their experience at the World Cup and reflect on their winning performances.There are plenty of great memories when it comes to the 2011 World Cup finals – the Australian Mixed Open team coming from behind to claim their first World Cup title since 2003, the Men’s 30’s comprehensive win in their final over England, the Men’s 35’s win over South Africa, the Australian Women’s side’s two touchdown win over archrivals New Zealand, as well as the thrilling Men’s Open final, which saw Australia reduced to five players with just minutes remaining in the game. Join us as we catch up with some of the players who take us back to the final day of the 2011 World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland. Jamie StoweJamie Stowe can now look back at that epic last few minutes of defence in the Men’s final and view it as a ‘fairy tale finish’ to his Men’s Open career, however he recalls how important defending that set was to the outcome of the game.“I knew if we could defend this one set we had it won,” Stowe said.“The Kiwis attacked our right side, to bring it back for a set play on the left. That failed, due to us having five and our middle, Nathan Jones making the previous touch they threw the ball from the ground to an awaiting player who raced Nathan to the line.” “To this day I have never witnessed a more important touch in the history of the game. Nathan turned and took four large strides and then his trademark sideways dive to prevent the game going into a drop-off. We manage to squeeze three touches in down the field before the final whistle went.”Having played in two previous World Cups, Stowe said that the standard of Touch Football was improving around the world, with games becoming more competitive than ever. “Teams like Scotland, South Africa and Japan have come leaps and bounds and it’s great to see the game so healthy.”Scott Buckley Representing Australia in the Men’s Open team, Buckley scored a touchdown early in the Grand Final against New Zealand. He had one of the most nerve-wracking finals of the entire contingent, when he was sent for a period of time in the final minutes of the game, with the Australian team left to defend a full New Zealand attacking set close to their line. “I’ve never been so nervous in my life…I remember being filthy at the call sitting there just hoping the boys could hold off,” Buckley said. “Even when the hooter went for the full-time siren I thought it was only half-time and only when I saw everyone rejoicing I realised that was it.” The game finished at 7-6 to Australia.While the time out of the game wase tough he said it made the victory ‘sweeter’ once it was completed.Buckley also has fond memories of the event outside of the final.“[My] favourite memories of World Cup would have to be running out for the World Cup final in front of a massive crowd, soaking up the whole tournament, meeting new people from all over the world and then of course travelling after it,” he said.Kylie HilderFor Australian Mixed Open representative, Kylie Hilder, the fact that she was even playing in the World Cup was special and winning the title made it all the more memorable. “I was just getting back into playing Touch after the birth of my second son and had no intentions of playing for Australia again as I had actually retired. I played New South Wales State Cup at Port Macquarie and was actually at an Australian Women’s Rugby League camp at Runaway Bay when the captain of the Mixed squad, Ryan Pollock spotted me,” Hilder said. “We got talking and he then asked if I would be interested in playing Touch again at an elite level as he and the coach had seen me play at State Cup. From there I played National Touch League where the coach Bernie Morrison approached me and asked if I would be interested in joining the Mixed squad. It then just went from there.” “It was so different this World Cup as I had two sons, meaning a very busy life and I appreciated wearing the green and gold so much more. This I put down to priorities in life change and being able to play for my country again was so unexpected and I wasn’t taking anything for granted.”The 2011 World Cup was Hilder’s third World Cup win, having won titles with the Australian Women’s Open team in 2003 and 2007. The commitment she had made as well as the fact that she had come out of retirement made the achievement so much more special. “It meant so much knowing that this whole experience had really come out of the blue to start with. I appreciated my selection more and soaked up every moment. I was playing Mixed which was a whole new experience for me after playing Women’s at the last two, so that to start with was a daunting thought. Mixed is such a different game and knowing that New Zealand had been so successful in that division for a little while, it was always going to be a big challenge.”“The win was so good and especially after New Zealand had beaten us in the round games. Playing in the two previous World Cups where the Women’s were always the favourites it was a strange feeling playing in the green and gold knowing that we were actually the underdogs and we had to take the Cup from New Zealand.”“Having two young boys at home and a husband that had been so supportive of me during the whole campaign with all the training weekends and then being away for the two weeks playing, bringing home the World Cup really made all that time away worthwhile.” Louise WinchesterThe Australian Women’s Open team continued its impeccable World Cup record in Scotland, continuing their undefeated streak at a World Cup level. What made the event even more special for Louise Winchester was captaining her country at a World Cup for the first time as well as being named as one of the flag bearers for the event. “It was the first time I was captain at a World Cup and to receive the enormous privilege of being Flag Bearer for our country, amongst so many incredible players and people, both past and present was the greatest honour I have received. I will never forget that whole experience and I will never ever forget the way my team mates made me feel that day. It is a memory that I will cherish and be indebted to them forever. To make it even more special and emotional, when my Mum and Dad found out I was Flag Bearer they decided to surprise me and make the trip to Scotland. To experience this great honour in front of the two most special people in my life meant the absolute world to me,” Winchester said. Having gone through seven World Cups undefeated, the importance of the Australian Women’s Open legacy isn’t lost on the current side. “We had spoken of our great record and our tradition throughout the lead up and as a team we are very aware of the past players of the Women’s Open division and the amazing legacy they have left us. We are all very honoured to carry on the hard work and the success of these great teams and to do our part in continuing this and even though there is definitely some pressure that comes with this great success it is also something that we continually pride ourselves on and something that helps us fight even harder for it. I could not have been any prouder of the girls in winning this World Cup.”Kristy JuddBeing selected to represent Australia at one World Cup is a massive achievement and Australian Women’s Open player, Kristy Judd created history in Edinburgh, competing in her fifth World Cup at an Open’s level. This achievement is something Judd never thought too much about in the lead up but says she is proud of the achievement. “Looking back now I am proud to say I played in five World Cups at the Women’s Open level. I’ve had great coaches along the way as well and made great friends. It was also a challenge to adapt to the way the game keeps changing which I think is a good thing and something that you see in every sport,” Judd said. Judd says her most recent World Cup win was memorable and a fantastic opportunity overall. “It was obviously great to come away with a win in such a huge tournament and a great way to finish what we had all been preparing for over the previous four years. Meeting players from the others teams was a highlight too, that’s what’s great about World Cups, it’s not just Australia versus New Zealand, there’s so many other teams playing and trying their best and no matter what the result is they get so much out of playing teams they only get the chance to play every four years.”Phil GyemoreFor Australian Men’s 30’s representative, Phil Gyemore, the World Cup final win saw him and his long-time teammates, Gavin Shuker and Garry Sonda, claim their third World Cup title together, and they did it in style, defeating England 18-2 in the final. Gyemore says he has many fond memories of the event, including getting to captain his country for the first time as well as his side setting some impressive records along the way. “Playing in three winning World Cups with Gavin Shuker and Garry Sonda (is a highlight). They are both inspirational players that have made a major contribution to the way that Touch Football is played today.”“(Another highlight was) being involved in creating a few World Cup records such as the highest score in a World Cup final in any division by beating England 18-2, beating Luxembourg 31-0 in our first round game and seeing Gavin Shuker score 11 touchdowns in the same game which was the most touchdowns scored by one player in any World Cup game. He had plenty of help from his teammates in reaching that milestone which will be hard to beat.” While the side were comprehensive winners in the final, the World Cup final was still a very memorable experience for the whole side. “The World Cup final was the only game where we had all 14 players start and finish the game so it was unusual having everyone available despite a few of them carrying injuries. This enabled everyone to have the breaks and recovery time in the interchange box which kept all players pretty fresh. The feeling in the dressing room was special,” Gyemore said.“We had…players with plenty of World Cup and international experience and some that were ready to realise their dreams of being in a World Cup final for the first time. It was a good mix and we knew that England were happy just to reach the final with no World Cup finals experience. We knew that a good start was critical to the final outcome and once we got a good start we continued to dominate and keep the momentum.”Paul McPherson and John MoujalliFor Australian Men’s 35’s representatives, Paul McPherson and John Moujalli, representing Australia for the first time and winning a World Cup title was a dream come true. “The support for our players that missed the final was great and the anthem sensational. I remember scoring a touchdown and giving an ordinary fist pump that has been recorded on YouTube for posterity. Lots of photos and some champagne in the dressing room and being able to watch all the other teams as we were the second grand final of the day.” “Our team has had reunions since where we do a lot of back slapping and tell each other how good we are to keep the memories alive,” McPherson said. “To represent for the first time was an honour. I was representing not only Australia but all my family, friends and coaches who helped me achieve it,” Moujalli said. “What I remember about the final/win was the confidence we took into the game because we were so well prepared on and off the field. After we got to an early 3-0 lead it relaxed us even more and we really soaked up the occasion.”To relive the Australian World Cup victories, please visit the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel by clicking on the following link:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3DF14C2BAAD56F2B Related LinksWorld Cup Memories
Spalletti: Inter Milan in Coppa Italia to win itby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti says they’re in the Coppa Italia to win it.Inter meet Benevento in the round of 16 on Sunday.“As we saw last year, these games can hold hidden dangers, but the team is focused and learned from that experience,” said Spalletti.“We have a stronger mentality now and will try to improve it further in this match. Benevento boss Cristian Bucchi has experience now and is very good at setting his team out, so his type of side can cause problems.“We also saw in Cup competitions in England and France that big clubs can be surprised by minnows. Benevento eliminated Udinese in order to get here, so in one-off matches, the gap between teams can be wiped out.”On winning the Coppa, he added: “It is certainly an objective. This is probably the simplest to achieve, because there are fewer games on the way to the Final. Big clubs take part and it’ll be tough, but a side like Inter must aim for victory.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man City striker Aguero admits being Liverpool and Owen fanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero admits he grew up a fan off Liverpool.And he says Michael Owen was his favourite striker.Aguero has been Manchester City’s main man for eight years, winning four Premier League titles in the process. His latest league triumph came at the expense of Liverpool, who were searching for their first in the competition. Owen revealed his own admiration for Aguero in his book when discussing the finishing of United striker Marcus Rashford.He argued: “Players like Robbie Fowler, Aguero or Harry Kane, these people who are obsessed with goals. I don’t think he is obsessed with goals.”It seems the respect is mutual, as Aguero wrote in his autobiography Born To Rise: “I’ve always liked Liverpool, maybe because I used to play for Independiente who also played in red.”As a kid, I wanted to be Michael Owen and when I saw him score that goal for England against Argentina I thought ‘you little sh**’! Even aged 10, I knew they couldn’t allow him that much space. He was a terrific player at that time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Phelan: How Sir Alex ended my Man Utd careerby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan has revealed how his time as a player at Old Trafford was brought to an end.Phelan signed for the Old Trafford outfit from Norwich City in 1989 but his career with the club came to a frustrating end five years later. “He came up to me the Friday before the game on Saturday, last game of the season, and pulled me to one side at the training ground,” Phelan told The Athletic.”He said: ‘Enough’s enough, son. I’m letting you go’. ‘Letting me go where?’ ‘You’ve done terrific for me, but I’m going to bring in some of the young kids’.””This is when the Class of ’92 were around. I was older then, a little bit gobby.”‘Who?’ ‘I’m going to play Gary Neville’. ‘Gary Neville? What’s he got? Come on, Gaffer. You’re gonna play a kid?’ ‘Yeah’.”Phelan would go on to join West Brom, where he would spend 18 months before deciding to hang up his boots. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Saturday, Kentucky capped off an undefeated regular season with a victory over rival Florida. As the team continues to march toward the goal of a 40-0 campaign, the players will be sporting some new gear in the postseason. Monday, Kentucky’s equipment Twitter account unveiled a photo of the new Kobe 10’s that the Wildcats will be wearing for both the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. They’re customized with “Kentucky” written on the inside.Players are getting custom Kobe 10s for the @KentuckyMBB post-season run from @nikebasketball! #31notdone #WeAreUK pic.twitter.com/E969CjIP7U— UK Equipment Staff (@UKequipment) March 9, 2015Duke was also given customized versions of the same shoe earlier this week.Friday, Kentucky, which earned a double-bye in the SEC Tournament, will get the winner of Alabama vs. Florida.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – MARCH 26: Albert, the mascot for the Florida Gators, performs during their game against the Butler Bulldogs in the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tomorrow’s Florida-Ole Miss basketball game is “’90s Night” in Gainesville, and the Gators have been posting really cool NBA Jam-style promo clips for the special event on their Instagram page. Between Dorian Finney-Smith jumping off the screen for a huge baseline slam, and Chris Chiozza catching literal fire, these “Gator Jam” videos are pretty awesome.The Gators and Rebels tip off at 9 p.m. We hope Florida has plans to roll a few more of these out before game time.
Tottenham travel to Fulham on Sunday, aiming to keep their Premier League title hopes alive against ever-increasing odds.A 1-0 loss to Manchester United last weekend was only the tip of the iceberg for manager Mauricio Pochettino, who saw star man Harry Kane ruled out for six weeks due to an ankle injury.Nevertheless, they will hope to negotiate a trip to relegation-threatened Fulham successfully to cut the gap at the top of the table to Liverpool to nine points and remain firmly ensconced in the top four. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Fulham v Tottenham Date Sunday, January 20 Time 4:00pm GMT / 11am ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It can be streamed on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Fulham players Goalkeepers Rico, Fabri, Bettinelli Defenders Chambers, Le Marchand, Ream, Bryan, Fosu-Mensah, Christie, Odoi Midfielders Anguissa, McDonald, Cisse, Seri, Cairney, Johansen, Torre, Sessegnon, Kebano, Schurrle, Ayite Forwards Mitrovic, Kamara, Vietto, Babel Alfie Mawson is missing for the hosts and there are doubts over Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, but otherwise they have a clean bill of health.Ryan Babel could be in line to feature after signing from Besiktas earlier in the week.Aboubakar Kamara is unlikely to be picked after a training ground bust up in midweek.Possible Fulham starting XI: Rico; Odoi, Le Marchand, Ream; Christie, Seri, Chambers, Bryan; Schurrle, Mitrovic, Sessegnon Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies Midfielders Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura Forwards Kane, Llorente Tottenham’s attacking issues are well documented, with Harry Kane set to miss out until the start of March and Son Heung-min away on international duty at the Asian Cup.Additionally, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko are missing from the midfield, while Moussa Dembele has recently been sold to Guangzhou.There are doubts over Lucas Moura and Eric Dier.Possible Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Trippier, Winks, Skipp, Rose; Alli, Eriksen; LlorenteBetting & Match Odds Tottenham are 8/11 favourites with bet365, despite their injury issues. Fulham are priced at 9/2 to take the win, while a draw is 14/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Tottenham’s trip to Fulham is their first in a make-or-break period in their campaign that will also see them contest a Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea this week.Mauricio Pochettino’s squad is at breaking point, with the sale of Moussa Dembele, the international commitments of Son Heung-min and a medium-term injury for Harry Kane all eating away at what little depth was available.Though there are still 11 days left in the transfer window, the Argentine says that he will not be drawn into making hurried signings.“I don’t see it as a gamble not to sign a forward,” he said. “I think in the end, if for another transfer window we don’t sign players or we are not going to sign a striker, that is not going to be a gamble, it’s not going to be a risk.“I think we have players that can cope with that place when Harry Kane is not available. “If we want to find another Kane, I think we are going to make a mistake because to find another Kane is impossible because we are talking about one of the top three, four or five best strikers in the world. “We have the possibility to create our new star through the academy. Of course, that is our objective – to try to create the new star of Tottenham, to find him here in our academy, would be the most exciting thing.”Pochettino’s replacements will first be put to the test against opponents whose yoga sessions have hit the headlines this week.Reports suggest that strikers Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aboubakar Kamara came to blows during the class over a comment the latter said to the instructor. A week earlier, the pair had an on-field spat over a penalty, which was subsequently missed by Kamara.Having lost their last three, including a 2-1 defeat at home by Oldham in the FA Cup, it will take a remarkable turnaround for the Cottagers to take anything against even a depleted Spurs side. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel for Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the USA, the Gunners have confirmed.The Frenchman is the north London club’s captain but they are reportedly open to offers for him this summer as Unai Emery looks to reshape his defence. Koscielny has been a long-term servant at Arsenal having first joined them in 2010. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare He missed the first half of last season with a serious achilles injury that ruled him out for 10 months, a duration that included the 2018 World Cup which his nation France went on to win. A club statement on Thursday morning read: “Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.”We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions. “We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.”Arsenal are reportedly ready to let Koscielny’s contract, which expires in 12 months time, run down.A return to France for the centre-back has been widely mooted, the 33-year-old having previously played for Lorient, Tours and Guinamp in his homeland.Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen are also said to be interested in signing him.But a number of big-money offers from Ligue 1 have apparently turned the Frenchman’s head.Bordeaux are beleived to want to sign him on a three-year contract, and 33-year-old Koscielny keen on securing long-term security.Arsenal are set to announce the signing of 18-year-old Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba for £26.5 million ($33m), having fought off competition from north London rivals Tottenham for his signature. Saliba’s arrival would likely see Koscielny move further down the defensive peckin order at the Emirates and he is keen to get regular first-team action in the latter years of his career.The Gunners are also persuing Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, having submitted a £15m bid for the defender already, but the Hoops value him at £25m ($31m).And new technical director Edu, who will oversee recruitment as part of his new role, will have a say on any future investments, with Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha another key target this summer. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)This past weekend of college football was fantastic, as many upsets occurred in each major conference on Saturday. While fans are preparing for another excellent slate of games in Week 8, the kickoff times for most contests in Week 9 are out, and it should excite the majority of the nation.Each Monday, the five major college football conferences release the kickoff times and channels for the games scheduled two weeks ahead.Now, let’s look at the game times and channels for every ‘Power 5’ game in Week 9.Here is what we have so far:Thursday, October 25Baylor at West Virginia: 7:00 p.m. ET, FS1Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNFriday, October 26Miami at Boston College: 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPNIndiana at Minnesota: 8:00 p.m. ET, FS1Utah at UCLA: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPNSaturday, October 27Vanderbilt at Arkansas: Noon, SEC NetworkClemson at Florida State: Noon, ABC or ESPNWake Forest at Louisville: Noon, Regional Sports NetworkPurdue at Michigan State: NoonTexas Tech at Iowa State: Noon, ESPN2Wisconsin at Northwestern: NoonNorth Carolina at Virginia: 12:20 p.m. ET, Raycom SportsTCU at Kansas: 3:00 p.m. ET, FS1Duke at Pitt: 3:30 p.m. ET, Regional Sports NetworkIllinois at Maryland: 3:30 p.m. ET, BTNIowa at Penn State: 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC or ESPNKansas State at Oklahoma: 2:30 p.m. ET, FOXFlorida vs. Georgia: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBSKentucky at Missouri: 4:00 p.m. ET, SEC NetworkTexas A&M at Mississippi State: 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPNTennessee at South Carolina: 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC NetworkTexas at Oklahoma State: 8:00 p.m. ET, ABCOregon at Arizona: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPNWashington at Cal: 6:30 p.m. ET, FS1NC State at Syracuse: Six-day hold, ABC or ESPNWashington State at Stanford: 7:00 p.m. ET, Pac-12 NetworkArizona State at USC: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ABCOregon State at Colorado: TBDBethune-Cookman at Nebraska: Noon ET, BTNWe will update you with any more info on these game times as it comes in.
AMES, IA – OCTOBER 28: Iowa State Cyclones fans stormed the field after the Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)One would think that a week of lead time isn’t enough to get a college football game scheduled, but where there’s a will there’s a way. Iowa State football had a game canceled earlier this year, and its make-up opponent for next week also had to bow out.The Cyclones were set to host South Dakota State in Week 1, but bad weather led to the game being canceled.In its place, ISU came to an agreement with FCS club Incarnate Word, assuming the Cyclones weren’t in the Big 12 Championship, and UIW wasn’t in the FCS Playoffs.The Cardinals were 1-10 last season, and had blowout losses to FBS clubs New Mexico and North Texas to start its season, so that didn’t seem like a major concern. And yet, UIW finished with six wins in its final eight games, snagging a share of first place in the Southland Conference, and a spot in the playoffs at 6-4.With the Cardinals set to at Montana State on Saturday, Iowa State had to find yet another new opponent for Week 14.Iowa State football managed just that, adding Drake to its schedule just over a week before game time.Iowa State to play host to Drake on Dec. 1. #CyclONEnation? https://t.co/AYK6WiUEUw??? pic.twitter.com/EJWgaQjiIp— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) November 20, 2018From ISU’s release on the new game:“We’re most grateful to Drake Athletics Director Brian Hardin, Coach Rick Fox and the Bulldog leadership team for working with us through a very fluid situation,” Pollard said. “Coach (Matt) Campbell wants to play a 12th game and I believe our fans would welcome another chance to see this bowl-bound team play. I know the Bulldogs will enjoy the chance to play at Jack Trice Stadium and compete against a Power 5 opponent.”Drake, which is located in Des Moines, is 7-3 on the season, but did not make the playoffs after finishing tied for second in the Pioneer Football League.The Bulldogs have not faced an FBS opponent this year.[Iowa State]
LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Although Antoine Wesley has one more year of eligibility remaining, the star wideout is clearly ready for the next chapter of his football career.Wesley finished his junior season with 88 receptions for 1,410 yards and nine touchdowns. Now, he’ll embrace the challenge of playing in the NFL.In a heartfelt post on Twitter, the Texas Tech wideout announced that he’ll forego his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.The main message was about taking the next step, but he also went out of his way to express his appreciation for the Red Raiders, saying “I will always cherish my time at Tech. I learned how to work and how to take responsibility for the man next to me.”Here is Wesley’s full announcement:Blessed for the past. Excited for the future! GUNSUP ALWAYS ??LOVE YOU TEXAS TECH RAIDERS & RED RAIDER NATION ⚫️? pic.twitter.com/w3Xsobo3BO— Antoine Wesley (@antoine_wesley) December 10, 2018The Texas Tech star also released a video on Twitter, as he says goodbye to his time in the Big-12.pic.twitter.com/J1WgXzCUrg— Antoine Wesley (@antoine_wesley) December 10, 2018Perhaps Wesley can follow in his former teammate’s footsteps, as Keke Coutee went from dominating with the Red Raiders to becoming an important role player for the Houston Texans.Congratulations to Wesley on an impressive stint at Texas Tech.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts during the press conference after his teams 44-16 loss to the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)It has been nearly a month since the Alabama Crimson Tide were blown out by Clemson in the national title game. However, there are still all kinds of questions swirling as to how the previously undefeated team got beaten so badly. Former Alabama running back Josh Jacobs thinks he has an idea of why the game played out the way it did.In an interview with PFT Live on Wednesday, Jacobs claimed that the team may have been lacking energy and might have been “mentally fatigued” heading into the game.“Honestly, I know it might sound cliché… but, before the game, you could feel it was gonna be a rough one,” Jacobs said, adding that he had that feeling in the locker room. “Not only young players trying to feel the vibe of big games, being able to play so long after a certain amount of time it kind of wears on you, especially when you play great teams week-in and week-out you get everybody’s best shot it kind of wears on you.“I think the team was just mentally fatigued. … For the most part, I think people were just fatigued.”It’s a surprising admission from a Nick Saban-led team.Alabama ran through the regular season with an undefeated record before taking down Georgia in the SEC title game and Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.Alabama went on to lose the national title game, 44-16, and was shut out of the second half. It was one of the largest margins of defeat for Alabama since Nick Saban took over in 2007.Jacobs led the Crimson Tide in rushing touchdowns with 11. He finished the season third in rushing yards (640), third in yards from scrimmage (887), and tied for first in total touchdowns (14).After the season, Jacobs decided to forego his senior year to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
From 247Sports:“Before we left, their new defensive line coach Shaun Nua came over to me and said he couldn’t let me leave without giving me a Michigan offer,” he added. “I was very surprised by that, to be honest. It felt amazing and I was pretty speechless because I had just met Coach Nua that day. This was my first visit to Michigan and everything was great.”When he returned from Ann Arbor, the Wolverines’ hated rival, Ohio State, came calling for the home-state star.A planned Ohio State trip earlier this month was canceled, but Buckeyes coach Tony Alford made sure to offer Najee Story.He has also spoken to new Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day, when he visited for bowl practice:“Shortly after landing his Michigan offer, Story talked with Ohio State assistant coach Tony Alford by phone. Story was supposed to attend the Ohio State junior day the week before, but that was canceled due to weather.‘I did speak with Coach Alford the night I got back from Michigan, and he told me he intended to do something in person but that wasn’t possible because things got canceled,” Story explained. “He went ahead and offered me a scholarship right then. Ohio State has been the team I’ve watched growing up, so for them to offer me is hard to put into words.’”Now, Story is heading back to Columbus this Saturday with his father.It is too early to know who the finalists will be, and there are dozens of offers inevitably coming Story’s way, but Ohio State and Michigan are definitely getting out ahead of their other recruiting rivals, and both appear to have made a strong earlier impression.[247Sports] ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads his team onto the field before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Solon, Ohio’s Najee Story is just a high school sophomore, but he’s likely to become one of the biggest recruits in the Midwest.Story’s season was unfortunately cut short due to a broken leg in the fall, but he showed enough to land an offer from Dana Holgorsen’s West Virginia staff.Now, two of the biggest programs in the region have come calling.Last week, while on a junior day visit, Michigan defensive line coach Shaun Nua extended a scholarship offer to Story.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: D’Andre Swift #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re in the middle of NFL Draft season, between the NFL Combine and the draft itself, so a lot of attention is being paid to the guys who have just finished their college football careers. There are plenty of stars returning to the sport too, though.We’ll have plenty of star power, especially looking at the twow teams that participated in last year’s national title. Alabama and national champ Clemson were both very young, especially on the offensive side.Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence return at quarterback, and most of the teams’ major playmakers are back. And that is just for Clemson and Alabama.ESPN has identified the “game breakers” for each of the end of 2018 Top 25 college football teams.Some of the picks are a bit more non-traditional, though Clemson’s is one of the best players in the country.For the Tigers, ESPN went with superstar running back Travis Etienne.Etienne has arguably the best first step of any back in the game, and he possesses a combination of physicality and breakaway speed that allows him to turn any run into a home run.Some other picks from the list:2. Alabama: WR Jaylen Waddle: “The native Texan returned one punt for a touchdown, had 14 receptions of 20-plus yards and averaged 8.04 yards after catch.”3. Oklahoma: WR CeeDee Lamb: “With Marquise Brown now gone, Lamb will take over as the No. 1 wideout and is primed to be OU’s latest All-America-caliber pass-catcher.”4. Georgia: RB D’Andre Swift: “All told, he averaged 6.4 yards per rush and 9.3 yards per reception. And still there’s the sense with him that the best is yet to come.”5. Ohio State: WR K.J. Hill: “With excellent hands and breakaway speed, the senior should have plenty of opportunity to improve on the 70 catches and six touchdowns he had last season.”6. Notre Dame: DE Julian Okwara: “Okwara’s eight sacks as a junior was impressive, and he came within a step or two of adding so much more — finishing the season with 21 QB hurries.”For the full write-ups and Top 25 list, head to ESPN.
The Longhorns will host the Tigers on September 7, which could quickly decide the fate of their season.Brad Crawford of 247Sports believes the contests against LSU and Oklahoma could define Texas’ season.Picking up two victories over top teams could elevate the Longhorns’ chances of making the College Football Playoff. On the flip side, both matchups could also put Texas in an early hole to start the first half of the season.An early win over LSU in September could set the tone for the rest of the season. As for the rivalry battle with Oklahoma, it’s fair to say that game will most likely come down to the wire.It’s going to be an interesting season for Tom Herman and the Longhorns.[247Sports] AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 25: A general view of fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium during a game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns on October 25, 2008 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Expectations will be high for the Texas Longhorns this year, but their schedule won’t do them any favors. The prestigious program has a few tough tests ahead of them for 2019.Texas ended the previous season with a statement win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. The victory over the Bulldogs let the rest of the country know that the Longhorns can compete with the elites in college football.Unfortunately for Texas, next season features matchups against two of the best schools in the nation: LSU and Oklahoma.Playing against Oklahoma isn’t a surprise, especially since the Cotton Bowl takes place every year. However, the showdown with LSU is pretty intriguing because of the timing.
Alabama, Auburn, Georgia LSU in the SECOhio State, Wisconsin and Penn StateOklahoma and Texas in the Big 12Clemson in the ACCNumber of @CFBPlayoff contenders in each conference currentlySEC: 4 (Florida is not legit folks)B1G: 3Big 12: 2ACC: 1 (awful outside of Clemson)Pac 12: 0— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) September 22, 2019There aren’t any huge College Football Playoff-implicated games this weekend, though Ohio State does face a potentially dangerous Nebraska team in Lincoln on Saturday night.The following weekend gives us Florida-Auburn, Michigan-Iowa and Ohio State-Michigan State. BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 07: Reggie Bush, Joel Klatt and Kevin Burkhardt of Fox Sports speak during the Fox segment of the 2019 Summer TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) *** Reggie Bush; Joel Klatt; Kevin BurkhardtThe 2019 college football season is now one month old, as we’re four weeks into the regular season. The College Football Playoff picture is starting to take shape.FOX Sports college football analyst Joel Klatt said on Sunday that he believes there are 10 legitimate College Football Playoff contenders right now.Klatt outlined the numbers for each conference:SEC: 4 (Florida is not legit folks) B1G: 3 Big 12: 2 ACC: 1 (awful outside of Clemson) Pac 12: 0Klatt didn’t name every team, but it’s fair to assume it’s: